Robin is still waiting, and so might I add are we.

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There is a lot of talk on this blog that Robin has told Gazidas that he will not sign a contract extension until he is assured we will be signing top quality players that can bring in some silverware, opinion is split as he has an appalling injury record and some say he is part of the problem, I support the boss on this issue, but does the boss practice what he preaches? Read on.

Robin is now in his mid twenties, Cesc is approaching them as was the Flamster, Rosicky and Hleb were just past them as is Arshavin, what we can see here is all the big boys get interested in our players when they get to this magical landmark, what does that say? It says that top managers realise that players are only really worth buying when the are closing in on there best years, when they have learned their trade.

That makes sense, ManU and Chelsea have won their titles with a healthy mix of youth and experience, Liverpool now have that.

What we seem to do is bring in kids, let them learn, suffer their inconsistancies only to watch them get sold when they are actually going to contribute, we then take the money and pay of the stadium debt or a new training facility or such.

The only reason we don’t slip down the table is because we have a great manager, a great manager that understands football but seems to struggle with understanding that the big boys use us as their shopping centre.

We could have won the league for the last 2 seasons had we made the investment, we put young boys in and watch them suffer injuries, why? Because they are young and their bodies are still forming, then they suddenly have the body, have the game and we do what? We sell them and bring in another crop of talented prospects that are all young, then the cycle continues, we are back to square one, Henry couldn’t wait, he left for Barca and then what? He won a Champions league medal.

Robin didn’t get injured on purpose, he got injured because he was playing at the highest level with a kids body, unable to take the crunching tackles of the big boys.

West Ham used to do this, in the days of Harry at West Ham they sold a team that together would have won the league, with names like Ferdinand, Lampard, Defoe and Carrick, so what’s the difference between what they did and what we do? The admission money! If Arsenal continue this trend, so be it, but please don’t charge us for the pleasure, our lowest season price is almost ManU’s highest, now that can’t be right.

All that Robin is saying is buy 2 or 3 top players and we can win the lot, we really can, it’s that close, don’t and we will have another season of frustration and lose yet more talented players that we have watched with frustration growing up.

Arshavin proved the difference between world class and world class potential, I agree that Song has come on, that Diaby on his day is unstoppable and that Denilson has potential, but if you are being honest would they be in your fantasy team had you a choice? I doubt it, they wouldn’t be in mine.

Arsenal, it’s time to repay the fans, it’s time to repay the players, it’s time to buy the quality players that Cesc and Robin are telling you they need.

Wether it’s a Cana or an Alonso a Chiellini or a Zapata a Benzema or a Villa, we need that quality, for me whatever that trio would cost we’d get back in prize money, TV rights and happiness, so please Arsenal, make us happy!

Finally the boss said he has made us small shareholders a lot of money as the price has rocketed since he has been here, what he fails to realise is those same shareholders have their shares to own a piece of Arsenal, to get the annual report, to feel like they belong, they would never sell them, those shares are only valuable is you have the amount that David Dein had, I would never sell my shares, they will go to my kids when I go to that great football ground in the sky, and that my friends is where the manager and this board are out of touch, it’s not about money to us, it’s about the support, the love of our great club and ultimately winning trophies. Yes even the Worthington Cup!

Have a great day today Grovers England are playing tonight, a win against Spain and a few signings would make today one to remember.

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Clichy and Sagna say no, Eboue says yes and Melo? Who the **** is Melo?

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Ok so to start the day with some positivity our full backs who have been the target of new spoiled brats Madrid have come out and said they are going nowhere, well done those men, that’s good news indeed, especially as Clichy was one of Wengers project youth boys.

Sagna has said the stories about him wanting to leave are Daily Mail ‘We hate Arsenal’ lies, par for the course, but Eboue has said he doesn’t want another season where he is a bit player, funny as he played in over 40 games last season but I respect that, he is no longer first choice right back and he hasn’t proved his worth in midfield, shame because I would like to see him as back up, however fair play to the player, he has ruled out playing in the EPL out of respect to the fans, for that he deserves our best wishes, and as I have said many times before, he is still a great right back and better than some we will be keeping.

Note though, the players we will keep are not being sought by anyone else. Funny that eh!

Now we do have a youngster coming through in the reserves by the name of Gavin Hoyte, could he step up? Who knows, time and Mr Wenger alone will tell.

So the latest rumour on the block is Felip√© Melo, a Brazilian who is also wanted by Inter Milan, but sources say he would prefer Arsenal, well that makes a change, and he’s 25, the perfect age, we desperately need a tough tackling ball winner as what we have is not ready, well not yet regardless of the Magical stats.

We need to move before the pre season begins and that is in July, so time is of the essence, Vermaelen is still on the cards if he is the one, but I’m still puzzled as to why he haven’t gone after some of the monster type centre backs, still he must know what he’s doing given the trouble we had last season defending, he couldn’t get it wrong again, could he???

Many of you have suggested Djourou as that tough tackling big ball winner in midfield, after all, that was what he joined us as, and that was the reason we let Fabrice Muamba go, but outside of a spud game at Highbury, I can’t remember seeing him in that position, and he does seem a little injury prone, still, so was Clichy, so maybe he has that in mind.

Either way I just wish he would say something, Liverpool the ‘tits up’ team in the top 4 have just splashed out ¬£17 mil on Johnson, good player, but did they need another right back? And how on earth can they keep spending? Makes a bit of a mockery of why we can’t, don’t you think?

Maybe Wenger is waiting for the chavs and Mancs to have spent out before he goes in, also maybe he wants to see which of our players Barcelona want first before deciding who he needs, it would be nice however if he got what he needed now, remember like the days when we competed with Chelsea and Liverpool for Theo, if it was about money we would never have got him, that’s why I don’t believe money is the biggest issue, with all the other teams around us strengthening, we had better watch it.

Come on Arsenal!

Have a great day Grovers, you never know what today may bring!

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LE CHAMP OF THE YEAR DECIDED! And the players speak Arsene, are you listening?

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  1. Andre Arshavin 41%
  2. Robin Van Persie 16%
  3. Steve Bould 12%
  4. Vik Akers 8%
  5. Song 6%
  6. Kieron Gibbs 6%
  7. Almunia 4%
  8. Other 3%
  9. Eboue 2%
  10. Cesc Fabregas 2%

Votes cast: 3643

What was your reaction when Spurs asked you to sign?

What was your reaction when Spurs asked you to sign?

Ok so here it is and it’s no surprise that new signing and Russian superstar Andre Arshavin wins by a mile, what’s incredible is he only started playing for us in February, and before you start crowing and claiming the credit Arsene, think what could have happened if you had signed him last summer, well him and a few more, but I’ll come onto that.

Let me also say I was surprised no one voted for me as champ given I got 70 odd votes yesterday, so I guess our stalkers only vote on the chump issue, which explains a lot.

Onto Arsenal, as expected Francesc Fabregas denied saying what the Spanish News of The World ‘Mucka’ claimed he said, I get really pissed off when some fans get pissed off, with what Cesc supposedly said, he issues about 14,000 denials a season and yet he’s still questioned, this kid is as Arsenal as Tony Adams and will only leave when he’s not wanted, or when he gets fed up with his loyalty being questioned, so a word of warning to all who may not believe in our captain, I do.

Other great news is that Gael Clichy has said he’s going no-where which unfortunately means there’s no real room for Traore, except that is on the wing and that’s fine if he’s good enough, one thing is for sure, he’s a better left winger than Eboue, who now wants to go to a Spanish club, shame because I still think he is a quality right back, but if we have a youngster as cover, I will settle for that, I know the boss won’t sign my preferred choice which is Glen Johnson.

Jean Thissen, that well known Belgian manager of Togo has lobbed Adebayor out of his team as Adebayor started to tell him what he should be doing, really? that surprises me, Adebayor rates hmself. Arsene, take note, you were warned when he was at Monaco, he’s disruptive, he’s not that good so get rid of him.

Cesc, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright all gave Denilson and Song the vote of confidence by suggesting we needed a ball winner in midfield, Cesc said in the mould of a Vieira, Gilberto or a Flamini, Berkamp went further and suggested YaYa and Ian Wright said that it must be really tough for Cesc to play alongside Denilson week in, week out, actually he said worse but I’ll leave it there. So, so much for stats eh?

If Arsene Wenger doesn’t act now, after Seaman, Smith, Dixon, Winterburn, Nicholas, DB10, Wrighty, Pires, Adams, big Frank and now his very own adopted son Cesc have all said, since the window has opened, that we need to buy a world class defensive midfielder, then I will truly despair, they surely can’t all be wrong, there has to come a time when Arsene can see it isn’t going to happen for certain players, well not now anyway, the thing is if he doesn’t act, our season will be over again by September like it’s been for 4 out of the last 5 seasons.

Enjoy today and basking in Andre Arshavin’s limelight, Andre you win a case of Peroni but you have to do an interview to claim it, it’s your call!

Have a great day Grovers, Keiran Gibbs had a good game last night and he’s next up against Spain on Thursday, tune in, he is one for the future.